Mercedes worried up for Hamilton as the driver leaves in pain

A lack of balance in his car and set up issues have left Hamilton 75 points adrift of championship leader Max Verstappen after only seven races, Improvements later in the season may see him close that gap, but the Briton is already effectively out of the title race.

“The balance isn’t a major issue but we’re lacking grip in the corners and the ride on the straights is uncomfortable for the drivers, so we need to improve that overnight,” he said.

Hamilton finished more than a second and a half slower than pace setter Charles Leclerc, he had extra reason to be in a bad mood as all the porpoising had left him in pain.

Mercedes have admitted they need to make “fundamental improvements”` to their car after Friday practice sessions which left Lewis Hamilton feeling “sore”. Hamilton revealed his discomfort after the practice session, while Mercedes admitted they have some major issues to fix before the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday.


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